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Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

Solar wafer prices decline, sparking concerns over producer survival prospects

In a new weekly update for pv magazine, OPIS, a Dow Jones company, provides a quick look at the main price trends in the global PV industry.

Reliance completes sale of REC’s polysilicon manufacturing unit

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has completed sale of REC Solar Holdings’ kerf-based polysilicon manufacturing arm, REC Solar Norway, to Elkem ASA. It continues to retain the technology and intellectual property rights of kerf-based polysilicon post sale of REC Solar Norway.

US government reinstates bifacial solar module tariffs

The Office of the President has turned its focus to solar panels, announcing the removal of the bifacial solar panel Section 301 tariff exclusion and addressing issues of stockpiling during trade cases, alongside promoting the nation’s manufacturing base.

SJVN launches tender for 376.60 MWp of solar modules

SJVN Green Energy Ltd is accepting bids for production and supply of solar PV modules with a cumulative capacity of 376.60 MWp. Bidding closes on June 11.

Vikram Solar wins 397.7 MWp module supply order for NTPC’s Khavda project

Vikram Solar will supply bifacial modules with rated output of 540 Wp each to NTPC’s Khavda project in Gujarat. The modules meet the domestic content requirement.

China’s solar dominance set to continue amid price slide

With solar module oversupply triggering a price freefall in 2023 and no recovery in sight, market consolidation, inventory pile-up, technology shifts, and challenges to reshoring PV manufacturing are set to affect all levels of the solar supply chain.

Fraunhofer ISE unveils rotary printing technique for heterojunction solar cell metallization

Researchers at the German research institute have found that indirect gravure printing for metallization of silicon heterojunction solar cells reduces silver consumption and cycle times to below 0.5 seconds per cell, while still enabling conversion efficiencies of up to 20.7%.

SEG Solar signs land deal to make solar cells, wafers, modules in Indonesia

SEG Solar has secured a land-use agreement for a solar-focused manufacturing site in an industrial zone on the Indonesian island of Java. The $500 million plan will involve the production of 5 GW of silicon wafers, 5 GW of solar cells, and 5 GW of PV modules.

ReNew secures $1 billion from European bank Societe Generale

Societe Generale will provide up to $1 billion of debt finance and advisory solutions, over the next three years, to support the development of ReNew’s energy transition projects.

India to add more than 15 GW of renewable energy capacity annually in FY 2025 and FY 2026: India Ratings

India Ratings and Research expects India to maintain pace of renewables capacity addition owing to a significant drop in equipment prices, continued policy support, availability of liquidity, and investment plans of some of the large corporate players.

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